To be open and trusting is often such a rare thing today - I am honored to have been able to see some of this celebration of renewal, of life, of a new beginning. I was given a tour which explained the meaning of the celebration - Diwali lasts for 5 days with the forth day (Padwa) marking the Hindu new year - each day commemorates a specific theme.
I love bright, colorful and shiny things and often focus my photograpy on them - you may notice that the women and girls completely dominated the images - they are powerful and grounded - and oh so colorful! I noticed that there is little white worn - I have to find out more about that - wonderful fabrics, jewlery - mostly purchased in India as clothes of this quality are difficult to find in the US.
I hope to be invited back to learn more about these people and their religion - the 1000 or so families in the greater Jacksonville area who attend this temple. They are part of this group - very interesting - I have to go there - soon!
You may post these images on Facebook, link to my site, email them, or do anything else in general with them for your personal use. Send them to your mother - she misss you and the children!
I would appreciate it if you would leave my logo on the bottom of them - I will remove it for you if you find it necessary.
If you have special needs for the images - want them larger, cropped, brightened or darkened, etc please just contact me and I will be happy to help. I can also do more creative editing as well - please just let me know. I will work on the originals in this case which have more data in them for the best results.